On the second try we spotted a car.

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Oh dear, long time since the last posting. I refuse to give up, although i haven’t been able to diving as much as i hoped. I guess that comes with being a parent 🙂

Yesterday it was finally time to go diving again, so I joined some friends from the dive centerwho were about to try out a new (at least to us) dive spot. An old quarry in Kolsva, where they used to mine for feldspar between 1894 and 1954.

Since this place is basically a round hole filled with water, with sometimes poor visibilty, navigation was a bit tricky. We really had to be careful not to swim in under cliff overhangs or into other openings/tunnels in the rock.

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The dive site description was not very detailed and on our first dive we didnt see anything intersting at all!

Luckily, some locals arrived during our surface interval and gave us a better description of where to find the interesting stuff. So after downing a couĂ„le of grilled burgers, we entered again and did much better. This time we found a couple of ditched cars, which gave a chance to hone my underwater modeling skills. I’ll leave it to you to judge if you think I might have a future in it 🙂

All in all we had a great day, and probably will come back another time!

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photos by Jonas Holm

Make a virtual dive on Swedish wreck Eric Nordevall

View from a virtual dive on ericnordevall.se (Photo by Erik RÄdström)

The work to create a historic wreck diving park in Swedish lake VÀttern, with one-of-a-kind wreck Eric Nordevall as the main attraction, was chronicled in X-ray mag this summer.

Now, in an effort to increase public interest in generating the dive park, the team has launched a website allowing visitors to make a virtual wreck dive on Eric Nordevall. By logging in at ericnordevall.se you can se a spheric photographic representation of the wreck, allowing you to look around the wreck from the center point, with additional still pictures of certain details of the wreck.

The cool thing is, if you have an iPad 2 or an iPhone 4, you can use the motion control to direct your view.

Happy diving!

Read the whole article about the wreck park here.

Do your virtual wreck dive here.

Dykpark VĂ€ttern website (in Swedish).

Unusual dive site: An underground ICBM missile silo

Titan I missile silo from Dan Warter (DCS Films) on Vimeo.

This has to bee one of the coolest dive sites ever. You like going back in time by diving on a wreck? How about returning to the era of the cold war by diving in a Titan I ICBM underground missile silo?

The Titan I intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) was one of the first strategic ICBMs built by the USA. Developed in the 1950s, the titan I missiles were about 25m tall and weighed 15o tons. Carrying a thermonuclear warhead with a 3.75 megaton yield (250 times that of the Hiroshima bomb), the Titan I missile had a range of about 11500 km. The Missiles were stored in “Missile complexes”, each containing three underground launch silos with a control center and living quarters for the approximately 140 people working there. Decommissioned in 1965, the site is now abandoned.

But join up with the folks at Undersea Adventures in Kenwick, WA, and you can dive the missile silo too! This one definitely goes on my top ten “must do dives”.

Painting of a Titan I missile silo complex

Links:

Undersea Adventures

More information on the Titan I missile can be found here and here.